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Sharp Calculator Commercial

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Reviewer: Colin Howell - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 8, 2010
Subject: Nice look back at an almost forgotten past.
This commercial must date back to 1971, since the Sharp EL-8 (or "ELSI-8", as it's called in this ad) was introduced in the beginning of that year.

Someone said that $345 must be worth about $750 in "today's economy bloated times". Actually, that was way too low; it would have been worth about $1,600 in 2004, when that comment was written, or about $1,850 today in 2010.

At the start of the '70s, electronic calculators, especially hand-held ones, were still very expensive, high-tech gadgets, requiring the most advanced integrated circuits available. Even getting a calculator down to hand-held size at all was a big challenge. So it wasn't unreasonable to pay a price equivalent to a high-end laptop today. But once the "calculator wars" kicked in, prices began to plummet, along with the machines' size, and their capabilities soared. As someone else remarked, there was a tremendous amount of change in just a few years.
Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 28, 2009
Subject: Pickle Me Grandmother!!
You know, I heard about one 70's electronics company (not Sharp) that produced a gold-plated calculator for some special event involving the Queen of England.

Nevertheless, one should remember how much time this product and others like it reduced. Probably.
Reviewer: Spuzz - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 11, 2004
Subject: Fits in your rather oversized pocket!
Damn, I heard about this one, and this really is worth all the reviews. I am sure 345 dollars in those days equalled about 750 dollars now in today's economy bloated times. Like the handy size too. Like it barely fit your hand. Highly reccomended!
Reviewer: op712 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 9, 2004
Subject: The Price is Right
Don't laugh, for that how much these first handheld units DID run for..back in 1974. I remember seeing my first handheld calculator (from Casio, in 1975)..took 6 "AA" batteries, came with adapter, decent sized flourscent number display (only 8 digits across), and the price tag of $179.95 .. in an office supply store.
Reviewer: op712 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 9, 2004
Subject: The Price is Right
Don't laugh, for that how much these first handheld units DID run for..back in 1974. I remember seeing my first handheld calculator (from Casio, in 1975)..took 6 "AA" batteries, came with adapter, decent sized flourscent number display (only 8 digits across), and the price tag of $179.95 .. in an office supply store.
Reviewer: trafalgar - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 16, 2004
Subject: Hilarious
I have worked long and hard (OK, about 5 minutes) to try and date this commercial, and I have determined it is most likely from 1970. It's amazing that just 5 or 6 years later, when I got my first calculator, they were about 1/10th as big, and 1/20th as expensive...hilarious and highly recommended.
Reviewer: AliceTeeple - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - February 22, 2004
Subject: TAX TIME!!!!!!!!!!
Man oh man, do I need one of those cheap, small calculators. One that I could fit easily in my large suitcase, you know? And they're so inexpensive these days. $345? Pah! Who needs OSX when you have one of these math-crunching babies? Interesting sets though. Shoutouts to the construction worker building a paper city with a paper crane.

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